Gibson client

node.js Gibson client

A pure-JavaScript Gibson client library for node.

Create a Client object to start working. Host and port can be passed to the constructor with a connection string, both for tcp and unix sockets.

var gibson = require('./gibson');

var unix_client = new gibson.Client('unix:///var/run/gibson.sock');
var tcp_client = new gibson.Client('tcp://');

The Client object constructor has three more optional parameters, a connection timeout ( default to infinite ), a boolean flag which specifies if the tcp no delay flag should be used on the socket ( default to true ), and a string with a custom encoding to be used while decoding data ( default to utf8 ), so the following line:

var client = new gibson.Client( 'tcp://', 100, true, 'ascii' );

Will create a client instance bound to a tcp socket, with a 100ms timeout, the tcp no delay flag set and that will use plain ascii encoding on incoming data.

The Client object emits 4 important events - connect, close, timeout and error.

client.on('connect', function(){
    // no arguments - we've connected

client.on('close', function(){
    // no arguments - connection has been closed

client.on('timeout', function(){
    // no arguments - socket timed out

client.on('error', function(e){
    // there was an error - exception is 1st argument

// connect to the Gibson server after subscribing to some or all of these events

After connecting, you can start to make requests.

client.get('key', function(error, result){

    // all of the callbacks have two arguments, the first one will be
    // null if no error occurred, the second one will contain the decoded
    // data ( if any ) received from the server.


client.set( 3600, 'key', 'value', function(error, result){

    // create ( or replace ) a value with a TTL of 3600 seconds.
    // set the TTL to zero and the value will never expire.


client.del('key', function(error, result){

    // delete a key from cache.

client.stats(function(error, result)){

    // grab the server statistics

Every available command is automatically mapped to a client method, so follow the official reference of Gibson commands.

Once you're done, close the connection.


Released under the BSD license.
Copyright © 2013, Simone Margaritelli
All rights reserved.